It’s my stop on The Write Reads blog tour for Judgement Day by Josie Jaffrey, book two in The Seekers series. It’s set in Oxford (also where I work!) and picks up the fast and bloody pace where the previous book leaves off (which I last read back in September 2020).
Title: Judgement Day
Series: Seekers #2
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Publication Date: 6th May 2021
Publisher: Silver Sun Books
Ownership: digital copy provided by The Write Reads blog tour
Rating: 3.5 stars
About the Book
Jack Valentine finally has her shit together. She has a great job, great friends (well, one at least) and a girlfriend whom she loves, even if she can’t work up the courage to tell her that yet. Unfortunately, she also has an archnemesis who’s about to punish her crimes in the worst possible way: by making her spend time with him.
Which she could cope with, maybe, if she didn’t have problems at work as well. When the body of a human judge is found in a locked library, there’s no denying that she was murdered by one of the Silver – by a vampire – and the evidence points worryingly close to home. If that wasn’t bad enough, some of Jack’s least favourite people are opening a new blood bar in Oxford with questionable motives. For Jack and her team, it’s becoming increasingly hard to separate allies from enemies.
With conspiracies on every side, the simmering tensions in Silver society are about to come to a head. As usual, Jack intends to be right in the middle of it. She does like it when things get messy.
Judgement Day is the second book in Josie Jaffrey’s Seekers series, an urban fantasy series set in Oxford, England.
This whole series is a lot of fun, as long as you like (and you really have to): vampires, violence, crime solving that doesn’t always work out happily, sex, and a bit more violence. It’s part of that tradition of Oxford-based police procedurals, and I have to say I love seeing my place of work wrapped up neatly in books.
This installation starts off quickly – Jack is on probation for some pretty under-the-law antics in the last book, but is finally in a good place in her relationship, still part of the Seekers team, whose job it is to keep vampire antics (Silvers) out of human knowledge, and on track to investigate quite a juicy murder.
However, things did begin to feel a little repetitive after a while – Jack’s girlfriend, Tabitha, is constantly checking in on Jack Valentine and her relationship with Killian Drake. The same characters and suspects start to crop up from the previous book, and form a major part of the investigation again. In fact, the actual murder seems to quickly take a back seat in lieu of a growing awareness of the political machinations of the Silver world.
In fact, the investigation into what initially sounded like quite a juicy murder begins to stall quite dramatically about halfway through, whilst the key players, where Jack is very much on the periphery looking in, square up against each other, using anything, or anyone, in their path.
Killian Drake, and his relationship with Jack Valentine is … problematic? But sexy? It’s very confusing. They snipe and play with each other, and Jack goes back to the bar and drinks her feelings away, before wandering back into his house and stirring up the latent sexual tension again. It’s good but it’s also very not healthy. And I just reading it makes me feel conflicted about whether I should be enjoying it quite so much.
The whole series is super fast-paced, well-written and really draws you in. But don’t forget those content warnings – you’ve got to really like what you’re reading.
Overall: 3.5 stars
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